“I wanted to make a series of paintings that use super-basic representation, with images put together in a very simple way, just from a few lines,” says Luke Gottelier. “I’d also been collecting second-hand ties from the 60s, 70s and 80s and thought of colliding the two things together. You can think of it like needlepoint taken up to a grand scale: the ties are woven through holes I cut in the canvas to create the images. I like the way they restrict my approach to painting, their size and material quality is very limited compared to a pencil or brush; this creates unexpected routes to making a picture. The figure is mangled in the painting: a head at the bottom right, giant shoes walking above and the diagonal lines at the top which are the road.”

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